We’ve all heard the moans and groans before, commuting to work is boring. But what if a longer drive each morning meant the lifestyle for our family or the first home that we’ve always dreamed of?
Many commuter cities – cities that are far enough away to be their own city but close enough to be within reasonable commuting range – keep popping up in property hotspot lists. So much so, that some are now even been considered part of the greater metropolitan region of their neighbouring capital city.
It’s a stretch to call Victorian towns such as Bendigo or Ballarat a suburb of Melbourne, but it’s certainly undeniable that a growing proportion of their residents are now working in the state capital.
Many first home buyers still want to buy closer to city centres but families looking for affordability and a variety of housing options are now looking beyond the traditional city limit.
In NSW, the Central Coast is proving popular with home buyers willing to jump in their car and make the near 100km journey to work each day.
Charlotte and her husband both work in Sydney but recently bought a property in the Central Coast suburb of Tacoma. She says the benefits of commuting definitely outweigh the downside of the drive.
“It can be hard to find a work/life balance and fit in activities that you would normally be doing if you weren’t commuting such as socialising and exercising.”
“But buying in Tacoma allowed us to afford the type of property we wouldn’t have been able to afford if we bought in Sydney. We purchased a home with three bedrooms, a studio and a big yard. Apartment living never really appealed to me and we enjoy the benefits of a larger home for the smaller price tag.”
“In many respects you get the best of both worlds. You are exposed to the opulence and diversity of the City as well as particular career opportunities that may not be available in your hometown. On the flipside to that you can find respite from the continuous hustle and bustle of the City in Central Coast living.”